Bowling and jumping: Perfect for a cold, wet winter day
I had it all mapped out — our plans for a lovely day outdoors.
Unfortunately, I forgot to check the weather forecast, which might have been a good idea. It had been so nice all week — how could I have known that Saturday would be nothing but nonstop rain?
I had to make a fast change of plans, but without changing the goal of keeping my kids moving during these colder (and wetter) days.
We started out at Golden Park in Simpsonville for a little bowling at Golden Lanes. From the outside, Golden Park looks somewhat outdated. But inside, it’s clean, brightly colored, and has state-of-the-art score keepers. The prices were very reasonable — four of us bowled two games each for $25, including shoe rental. Golden Park also has an indoor roller skating rink, which we didn’t visit, and an outdoor picnic area in case you go on a sunny day and want to bring along a picnic lunch for after you bowl.
The lanes at Golden Lanes are well-maintained, and the rental shoes are new. If you have little people in your party, you can set up their profile on the score-keeping program to put up the gutter bumpers for just the ones who need it, and they will raise and lower depending on who’s up to bowl.
If you’re going to Gravitopia get your tickets online in advance. They limit the number of jumpers allowed in the park, and rotate a new batch in every half hour.
Online, you’ll pick the time you want your one-hour session to start, acknowledge a waiver saying you won’t sue if you get hurt and then you simply show up at least 15 minutes before your scheduled start time.
There are cubbies to store shoes, and unlike some other indoor trampoline parks, you’re not required to wear special socks — or any socks — at Gravitopia.
The cost is $12 per person older than age 6. Ages 2 to 6 are admitted for $8 each, and kids under 2 jump free with a paying adult.
There’s a lot more to do here than just bounce on trampolines. They’ve added several challenging obstacle courses that I saw only grown men and teens attempting. There is definitely something here for the entire family. They even have a family night on non-holiday Monday nights, for just $35 per immediate family.
The only challenge here is with parking— it’s pretty limited.
There is certainly no shortage of Mexican food establishments in Greenville, and we’ve tried just about everyone of them. Sabroso Mexican Grille is definitely one of our favorites.
I love the Mexican chicken Caesar salad, but lately have been splitting a fajita with my 10-year old because he’s into fajitas these days. They have a kids menu with several options, including a burger. Sabroso is very family-friendly, and can accommodate large groups.
I can remember my pre-kid days, going out with girlfriends to see a play, then stopping in somewhere for a decadent dessert and coffee.
For some reason, I decided I wanted to relive that, and dragged my kids along for the trip down memory lane. The only kid-friendly place I could think of that might have some to-die-for desserts was Carolina Ale House. And we weren’t disappointed.
The boys devoured the CAH Mud Pie within 90 seconds. They only nibbled at the Turtle Caramel Cheesecake, which was fine by me, because they only let me have a taste of the mud pie. CAH calls itself an English-style pub with American flair. For a pub-style restaurant, it’s very kid friendly, and incredibly sports-fan friendly.
There isn’t a seat in the house where you won’t have a view of several big screen TVs featuring sporting events of all types.
You can go
- 108 Balcome Blvd., Simpsonville
- 48 Brookfield Oaks Drive, Mauldin
Sabroso Mexican Grille
- 1860 Woodruff Road, Greenville
Carolina Ale House
- 1115 Woodruff Road, Greenville